May 2, 2017

Mutharasanallur - Three Temples in a Single Temple

Site Name: Ratnagirishwarar temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Mutharasanallur, 14 kms from Trichy, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Three temples located in a single temple complex
Nearest Railway Station: Trichy
Nearest Airport: Trichy
How to reach: Well connected by road from Karur and Trichy; public transport facility is not dependable
Hotel: Stay in Trichy or Karur
Restaurants: Go to Trichy or Karur

Mutharasanallur is a small village located at a distance of around 14 kms from Trichy city in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is located in Trichy-Karur route. The village has an ancient  temple of Shiva, called as Ratnagirishwarar temple. Let us discuss about this temple in this article.


  • God - Ratnagirishwarar, Engoinathar, Kadamba Vaneswarar
  • Goddess - Arala Kesari, Marakatavalli, Bala Kujalambikai
  • Sthala Vruksha (holy tree) - Vanni
  • Three pairs of Shiva and Ambika are found in this temple.


As per the legend, a chieftian, Mutharasu by name, lived in this village. He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. There are three important temples of Shiva located near this village. They are Kadamba Vaneswarar of Kulithalai, Ratnagirishwarar of Ayyarmalai and Engoinathar of Tiru Engoi Malai. He used to visit all these three temples everyday without fail. In the morning, he would go to Kulithalai, in the noon to Ayyarmalai and in the evening to Engoi Malai. As he got older, he could not travel to all the places everyday. Hence, he felt very sad and pleaded to Shiva to help him. Shiva appeared in his dream and asked him to dig out the idols near the Vanni tree of the village. The other day morning, Mutharasu discovered three Shiva idols in that location and built a temple by installing them.

Temple Layout:

The east facing temple does not have tower at the entrance or flagstaff inside the temple.

The east facing sanctum enshrines Shiv Linga called as Ratnagirishwarar. The Goddess Arala Kesari is found in a separate south facing shrine. Bali peetha and Nandi are found facing towards the direction of the sanctum.

In the prakara, the other two Shiv Lingas and their consorts are also found. The shrines of Engoinathar and Marakatavalli are found in one corner of the prakara. The shrines of Kadamba Vaneswarar and Bala Kujalambikai are found in another corner of the prakara. Thus, there are three Shiv Lingas and Ambika in this temple.

The other sub-shrines of the temple include Ganesh and Subramanya-Valli-Devasena.

The idols of Surya, Bhairav and Shaneeswara are found facing towards the direction of the sanctum. Navagrahas are also found.

Dakshinamurti, Linga and Durga are found as the Koshta deities. Durga's idol is not original, but new. The old beautiful idol of Chandikeshwara is also found in this temple.

The temple does not appear to be very ancient. It must have been built during the Nayaka or later period.

Near this temple, a Grama devta temple with interesting idols is located.

Happy travelling.

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